1994: It was a simpler time, when IBM sold an operating system called OS/2 version 3.0 (a.k.a. OS/2 Warp) and corporate lawyers could plausibly imagine people venturing onto the Internet and being shocked - shocked! - to find "objectionable" content there. Read more
Not since Arlo Guthrie found himself behind bars in the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" has an alleged miscreant been locked up over so little: Demonstrating a shocking lack of common sense, police in Georgia recently arrested a man for "stealing" electricity from a school where he plugged his car in for 20 minutes during his son's tennis match.
Even Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has admitted that he found it "annoying" that a picture of Jimmy Wales would appear on every page of the online encyclopedia during its weeks-long annual fundraising campaign. Read more
No. 24 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series features Overly Attached Girlfriend openly acknowledging her intention to circumvent the fingerprint scanner on her boyfriend's new iPhone 5s. As the owner of a new iPhone 5s myself, I am less concerned about such unlikely shenanigans than I am the fact that the scanner fails to recognize my real print roughly half the time. Read more
No. 23 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series features Skeptical Third World Kid asking a question that has occurred to many an American in recent months.
It's difficult to fathom how a legitimate business could act this way: A Utah woman, Jen Palmer, several years ago wrote a negative online review about trinket retailer KlearGear and the company responded by attempting to enforce against her what just might be the most despicable terms of service ever imagined.
An intolerance of my liberal politics I could understand. And the fact that I tweet unabashedly in support of Boston's generally loathed sports franchises? No telling how many Twitter followers that habit has cost me.
But never would I have imagined losing a tweep just because I had the temerity to diss the .gif. Yet take a look:
Law enforcement authorities and computer security experts are in general agreement that paying off the criminals who distribute CryptoLocker ransomware is ill-advised, yet that's exactly the path chosen by a Massachusetts police department when it was recently victimized.
From a local newspaper report:
No. 22 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series addresses a common issue that has plagued many a cell-phone videographer.
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After a 40-hour technological meltdown that left the company "ashamed and embarrassed," Amazon-backed daily-deal site LivingSocial is back in business this morning, at least if my ability to open a new account is any indication. Read more
LivingSocial, a struggling daily-deal company heavily funded by Amazon.com, has been down for more than 24 hours now, making a mockery of this sign on its website promising a speedy return.
Wikileaks this morning has released what they say is a complete draft of the portion of the ultra-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty that covers intellectual property. A consumer watchdog group, Public Citizen, which says it has analyzed the documents, is slamming the Obama Administration for what it calls a complete capitulation to American corporate interests that is being summarily rejected by many of its would-be treaty partners. Read more
No. 21 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series represents the nascent backlash to the overwhelming backlash against Google's decision to require YouTube commenters to sign in using Google+ accounts.
Dan Patrick's "Just My Type" column in Sports Illustrated features a Q&A with a prominent sports personality each week and his latest interview subject, Stanford football coach David Shaw, fielded the following question regarding his former star quarterback, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts: "Is Luck a nerd?" Read more
Reuters is reporting this morning that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden "persuaded" some two dozen colleagues at a Hawaii government facility to give him their login credentials by claiming it was necessary for him to do his job as systems administrator.
A fire early yesterday morning did $600,000 damage to digitization equipment at the Internet Archive's scanning center in San Francisco ... and the organization is seeking donations to help it replace what was lost.
With one of the most highly hyped Internet IPOs only days away, an independent developer who is intimately familiar with the makeup and behavior of Twitter users says his analysis of 1 million random accounts does not support the company's claims of 215 million active monthly users and 100 million active daily users. Read more
No. 20 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, plucked from Reddit, expresses a thought that I have shared on more than one occasion.
On Nov. 2, 1988, mainstream America learned for the first time that computers get viruses, too, as what would become known as the Morris worm - named for its author, Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris - made front-page headlines after first making life miserable for IT professionals. Read more
There doesn't appear to be any scorekeeping involved, so Google's Halloween Doodle today shouldn't present the same time-wasting potential as some have, but there's still plenty of interaction to click through here if you're so inclined.